It’s Monday Again

A new church name was launched yesterday in Sussex as Jim Agrell delivered a passionate message from Christ’s encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. Encounter was bursting at the seams with 385 in attendance. Churches across the Atlantic District held fall launch Sundays with encouraging reports and posts.

The spirit of celebration was palpable as four were baptized to conclude this inspiring service as the church family remained to enjoy an outdoor BBQ. Staff Pastor Brenda Keith had the privilege of baptizing her mother after praying for 20 years to see her come to Christ – powerful!
Digby (Andrew Maves) celebrated baptisms yesterday for the second Sunday in a row. Love his passion in this great report, “What was to be ‘one’ turned into ‘six’ as the Spirit spoke to hearts and changed lives! We had two kids give their hearts to the Lord at our Tuesday night service this week and they along with their father decided to be obedient in baptism. A lady who gave her life to God during this year’s Bike Blessing came to be baptized and was surprised by her man when he walked down to the water in tears with her.  And while all this was going on the Spirit was talking to a lady who had come to Jesus two years ago through our Grief Share program. She knew it was time and ran down to the water before we could do a closing prayer – God is so big!”
Jon Wiest (Banding Together) led the second session of the Discipleship Pathways Cohort this week which included leaders from 10 of our churches. Our primary focus this month was on the importance of understanding how the five spaces of discipleship can be leveraged to create an intentional pathway for disciple-making. These leaders will be part of the opportunity presented at District Ministerial (Jan 22-24) which will invite each church to contextualize the principles of this six-month offering. More detail will be provided at the October DS Zone Dialogs. For a sneak peek, check out this powerful Facebook post.
Phase one of the Choate Dining Hall Expansion was completed this week! Hats off to Director Dean Stephenson and the Caton’s Island team. And speaking of Caton’s…

The final ministry event of the summer took place with another impactful Men’s Weekend. Nathan Adams (Moncton) was the speaker for about 60 men who gathered for great food, fellowship, and fun (skeet shooting is always a highlight).

Barry Vernon (Port Maitland) continues to lead a focused relationship in mobilizing the church family to engage the local elementary school. This Friday they provided a free BBQ with 165 hamburgers and hotdogs as an encouragement to the teachers and students.

Missions Pastor Deborah Guptill (Cornerstone) trained last summer with World Hope International (Canada) and learned to use Katadyn Outdoor aquifers. When these devices are set up they will run 24/7 (using solar power by day and generators by night) to make clean water straight from the ocean or other water sources.

Deb arrived in the Bahamas this weekend with World Hope to assist in providing water, supplies, and other aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. She shares, “Please be praying for the teams here with all organizations, and the people of the Bahamas.”

Points to Ponder:

  • Building relationships is a key part of spiritual formation. Salvation is more than securing your eternal destination. (Jon Wiest)
  • Your discipleship pathway will shape your people’s character, while your leadership pipeline will develop their competencies. Your discipleship pathway will transform hearts, while your leadership pipeline will train transforming agents. Your discipleship pathway will develop, while your leadership pipeline will deploy. (Daniel Im)
  • Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Sign up or email Joel Liechty for a Zoom overview of an LBA training resource on Wednesday, September 25th at 2:30 pm (Atlantic)Linchpin Leadership is an enhanced online, interactive learning journey for pastors and local church board leaders. This experience will guide the local church board through training designed to help the board flourish in its role of spiritual leadership.

ATTENTION YOUTH PASTORS/LEADERS: Co-District Youth Presidents, Drew Donovan (Kingswood University) & Martin Stehouwer (SJ1), are hosting a Youth Leaders Basecamp as noted above. This free training and networking event is open to all local church youth workers (pastoral and lay). For detailed information download this promotional PDF.

As the summer comes to an end, tens of thousands of students across Atlantic Canada get ready to return to their university towns. This presents a unique opportunity to local churches in these towns to minister to these young adults. If you know of any students headed to university/college, please pass on this list of the churches and follow-up with them to encourage their involvement in the early weeks of settling into school as well as connecting with an on-campus Christian ministry.
IMPORTANT: Research conducted by the EFC shows that when a non-family member from the student’s home church helps them make early connections with a nearby or on-campus faith community it is the greatest predictor for young adults to maintain their personal walk of faith.
– Fredericton: Corbett AvenueCrosspointJourney
– Halifax: CornerstoneDeep WaterHillsideKings
– Moncton: Moncton
– Presque Isle:  Framework
– Sackville: Amherst
– Saint John: KingsSaint John First
– St. John’s: Solid Rock
– Sussex: Encounter
– Wolfville: New Hope

World Hope International (Canada) is offering a short-term mission trip opportunity to minister in Ukraine. This Vision Trip for Pastors and Lay Leaders will take place in Odessa during November 22-29 this fall. Full details are available HERE. Team leader Ben Last (Southgate) offers some excellent advice HERE for those considering participation on this mission.
ATTN Maine Churches: For detailed information on how to to best provide financial support for World Hope’s work in Ukraine please download this PDF.

International Wesleyan Youth Conference (Dec. 28-31, 2019)
Registration resources can be downloaded HERE including access to tutorial videos

Kingswood University has only a few spots left for its trip to the Holy Land (March 2-11, 2020). For full details CLICK HERE or call Debbie at 888-432-4422.

For more information please contact
Click HERE to download this promo poster for your missions events.


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